July 01, 2020
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Due to COVID-19, all in-person courses have been postponed. To continue to provide you with quality training with your safety in mind, we are offering online, instructor-led courses through the Zoom platform. Participants are able to interact with the instructor and other participants. We are offering a wide range of courses from an hour to six hours depending on the topic.
Congratulations to Dr. Harik and Dr. Peiris!
It is an accomplishment to see a patent ultimately issued from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Congratulations to Dr. Issam Elias Harik and Dr. Nisal Abheetha Peiris were recently granted the patent of "Structural reinforcement, reinforced structural member and related method".

U.S. Patent 10,655,328

This patent is an innovative method  to "a structural reinforcement that includes a plurality of individual reinforcing elements. Each of the plurality of reinforcing elements includes a first end segment, a second end segment and an intermediate segment between the first and second end segments. A support engages the plurality of individual reinforcing elements along the intermediate segments and holds the elements in parallel."

Join us later this month to learn more from Dr. Harik on our Webinar Wednesday series presenting Bridge Strengthening with CatStrong.
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Webinar Wednesday!
Ready to shake up your Wednesday's? This month, the KY LTAP will be offering three interactive webinars, completely free of cost. Each webinar will be worth
one professional development hour , and will be recorded for training purposes.

So what are you waiting for, grab your coffee and join the discussion!

For more information, visit www.kyt2.com/web and remember to bookmark so you can stay up to date on our latest webinars that we have available.
Bridge Strengthening with CatStrong

9:00 am - 10:00 am

The workshop will present a brief background on carbon fibers and the development of CatStrong at the University of Kentucky. Several field repair projects in Kentucky will be presented to highlight the strengthening of bridge piles and piers, pier/pile caps, abutment walls, and bridge beams. Every stage of the concrete repair will be detailed with highlights of the best practices and the Dos and Don’ts.

Chainsaw Safety Training

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Chainsaws are used in wide variety of industries such as commercial, residential, arborist, road maintenance, property maintenance, ground operations, and bucket truck operations. Chainsaws can be very useful, but it important to remember they can also be very dangerous. Every year, numerous chainsaw operators and bystanders are seriously injured and killed due to chainsaw accidents. A large majority of these injuries could have been prevented by learning and practicing proper chainsaw safety. During this presentation, we will discuss chainsaw maintenance procedures, how to select and properly use personal protective equipment, and how to safely operate the chainsaw to reduce the risk of injury.

Guardrail 101 - New Standards, Crash Testing, & Installation

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Sometimes guardrails can be installed incorrectly, and, as a result, can seriously injure the users of our roadways. In an effort to make guardrail installations and technology more consistent and up to date with today’s vehicle fleet, the Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH) was developed by the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO). MASH is the new standard for roadside hardware. This presentation will outline the changes that MASH introduced, some of the new guardrail hardware that meets these new requirements, as well as some common installation errors and how to fix them.   

High Friction Surface Treatment (HFST)

9:00 am- 10:00 am
The Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) is a core federal aid program that utilizes a data driven process to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes on all roads across the country. Kentucky’s HSIP program utilizes data to analyze Kentucky’s roadway network for crash locations that experience more wet pavement collisions than similar roadways across the state. High Friction Surface projects are then created for these identified locations across the state. Some local roads are included in this analysis. In 2019, a local road received high friction surface through the HSIP program. This webinar includes an overview of the HFST program and project details from Daviess County.
When to Replace Your Equipment

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Reliable equipment is critical to managing a highway or public works department. During this webinar, David will show examples of how agencies decide when to replace their equipment. He will also show how an agencies can determine the right size for their capital equipment replacement plan.
Department of Local Government

The Technology Transfer Program (T2) at UK, in agreement, with the Department of Local Governments (DLG) will provide first-rate educational opportunities for elected officials. T2 has outlined the DLG requirements below for those elected officials needing GOLD hours. Those T2 approved courses are listed under the Local Officials Training Program.

  • The webinar must be live.
  • You must have your webcam on during the entire webinar.
  • You will only receive credit for the amount of time you are on the live webinar.

For a full list of guidelines, visit DLG's website at  http://kydlgweb.ky.gov/ .

To help serve your training needs during this difficult time, we have converted a few of our Roads Scholar and Road Master courses to online courses. You can register for these online courses below or on our website at www.kyt2.com/online . We also have a resource page that lists our free Webinar Wednesday series as well as Tailgate Talks and other great resources for your agencies; visit https://www.kyt2.com/resources .
Roads Scholar Program
Drainage: The Key to Roads That Last
This course emphasizes the importance of good drainage with discussions of the effects of water on roads, problems caused by improper drainage, and ways to handle these problems. It covers types of drainage systems ranging from ditches, culverts, sub drains, inlets, and end structures. Uses, materials, installation, and maintenance of drainage systems are addressed along with group discussion.

July 7-8
8:30 am - 11:30 am EST

For more information on this online course and to register, please visit below:


Scott Tison, Assistant Program Manager and Training Specialist, Highway Operations and Safety at North Carolina State University.
Road Master Program
Basic Plan Reading Online Course
This workshop takes participants through the various types of plans used at road departments. Participants discover how to read and interpret the different types of standard symbols and abbreviations. This course discusses features and details contained within plans; how to define the types of scales and identify dimensions found on plans.

July 14-15
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm EST

For more information on this online course and to register, please visit below:
Instructor Bio:

Todd Morrison, P.E., is a Technology Transfer Engineer with the Kentucky Local Technical Assistance Program, at the University of Kentucky. He retired from the​ Kentucky Transportation Cabinet after serving in the Divisions of Construction,​ Maintenance and Traffic. At the Cabinet, he worked with environmental, work​ zone, pavement, construction and maintenance concerns as an Environmental​ Coordinator, Maintenance/ Traffic Engineer, Resident/ Construction Engineer,​ Area Engineer, and as a Branch Manager for Operations.
Roads Scholar Program
Asphalt Paving Best Practices
This course reviews Kentucky procedures, discusses asphalt practices, and provides an overview of information used on a daily basis in asphalt planning, production, placement and testing.

July 22-23
8:30 am - 10:30 am EST

For more information on this online course and to register, please visit below:
Instructor Bio:

Mathew Riggle graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s in Biology and Minors in Chemistry & History and a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Louisville. He began working in the industry as a quality control asphalt technician for Louisville Paving, and quickly progressed into the role of Quality Control Manager. In 2015, he was an integral part in the formation of Bluegrass Testing Laboratory, a construction materials consulting laboratory, serving as their Operations Manager. He is currently serving as the Divisional Manager for the paving division with LPC. Matt serves on asphalt technical committees in Kentucky, Indiana, and Missouri.
Road Master Program
Small Bridges Repair and Maintenance
This online-based workshop explains the basics of small bridge and culvert maintenance and inspection. It covers basic bridge types, components, and mechanics as well as the current state of both the nation’s and Kentucky’s bridges. Bridge inspection requirements are also discussed in detail. Participants are given information on how to perform basic maintenance on bridges and how to obtain funding for bridge replacement when necessary.

July 22-23
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm EST

For more information on this online course and to register, please visit below:

Instructors Bio:

Lora Boller, P.E. is a Structural Engineer performing bridge, roadway, and public works design since 2004 and has been performing bridge inspections since 2013. She received her bachelor’s from Purdue University and her master’s from the University of Kentucky. Lora is registered as a Professional Engineer in Kentucky, Indiana, and West Virginia. 

Justin Agler, E.I.T. is a Structural Engineer and been performing highway and structure design and inspection since 2016. He received his bachelor’s from The Ohio State University in 2015.

We love to celebrate the 4th of July with family, friends, food, and fireworks, but all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation's roads. The fact is, this American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to impaired-driving crashes.

Over the 4th of July holiday period in 2018 (July 3 to July 5):

  • 193 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. 40% (78) of these fatalities occurred in alcohol-impaired crashes. 

  • 71% of these alcohol-impaired fatalities involved at least one driver or motorcyclist with a BAC of .15 or higher.

Under no circumstances is it ever acceptable to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after you’ve been drinking. Doing so endangers you, your passengers, and everyone on the road with you. If you’re heading to Fourth of July parties this summer, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over .

For more information on this program, go to https://www.nhtsa.gov/campaign/drive-sober.
The LINK Spring 2020 Newsletter
Available Now!

 The LINK Vol 35 Spring 2020 edition has been released.

Inside this issue you will find Changes to the KYR10 Permit that MS4s should be aware of, Keeping our pipes clean from those "flushable wipes", Implementing High Friction Surface Treatment (HFST) on local roads in Daviess County, Online training resources, and much more!

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